EFJ-IFJ monitoring press trials in Turkey

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) last week sent journalist Barry White (NUJ UK) to observe the new press trials in Turkey, 29 – 31 January. Barry White, also a member of the EFJ Steering Committee, was joined by Mustafa Kuleli (General Secretary of the Journalists Union of…

TGS condemn journalist detentions

Journalists Union of Turkey (TGS) and Journalists Association of Turkey (TGC) have condemned the detention of journalists in a police operation on Sunday while describing the development as an open attack on media freedom in the country. Zaman Editor-in-Chief Ekrem Dumanlı, Samanyolu TV network executive Hidayet Karaca and a number of other journalists, columnists, scriptwriters…

EFJ Supports Ethical Journalism in Russia

Some 53 delegates from 26 countries representing trade union organsations and professional associations of journalists at the Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) in Moscow on 21 November expressed their solidarity and full support for ethical journalism and the struggle of Russian Union of Journalists (RUJ) to defend independent journalism and the…

Journalists Unions Condemn IMC TV

To mark the Wold Day for Decent Work, we condemn all attempts to intimidate journalists for their union activity. Participants at the meeting participants heard reports from union leaders in Macedonia, Turkey and Montenegro who had all been fired from their jobs as a result of their union activity. Tamara Chausidis, President of the Trade…

Gezi is more than daily politics, says Kuleli

By Tony Cross In Turkey’s first-ever direct election of its president Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is defending the 12-year legacy of his Justice and Development Party (AKP) in government. Erdogan’s rule faced a major challenge last year when protests over plans to build on a park next to Istanbul’s Taksim Square went national. But…

TGS Reaches Second Collective Agreement at BirGün

The EFJ congratulated the Journalists Union of Turkey (TGS) on signing a second new collective agreement for journalists at the newspaper BirGün. According to this new agreement, staff will receive an annual salary increase of 12% (to counter the high inflation rate – 9.66% in 2014), holiday for female journalists on the International Women’s Day on 8 March,…

New TGS Reaches First Collective Agreement

The EFJ congratulated the Journalists Union of Turkey (TGS) on signing a new collective agreement with the newspaper Evrensel benefiting 50 journalists and TGS new members. According to the new agreement, staff will receive 12.5% and 11% salary increase for the first and second year (to counter the high inflation rate – 9.66% in 2014).…

Six Journalists Targeted by Turkish Police

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) has criticized a new wave of violence against journalists in Turkey covering the anniversary of the Gezi Park protests. Journalists covering the Gezi protests’ anniversary in Istanbul and Ankara have again been beaten, intimidated, insulted and injured by the Turkish police forces while doing their job. According to figures…

TGS: Journalist must be released in Azerbaijan

We want to express deep concerns  about pressure on journalist in Azerbaijan. 8 journalist and 8 bloggers were sent to jail in Azerbaijan, by disregarding  freedom of press and expression. The reasons of arrest are unrealistic and not releated to their professional activities as in Turkey. Tukish government has kept the journalists in prison for…